Hey there, Clark here from Self Help Books. Today, let’s talk about one of the most known types of meditation – transcendental. Let me first give you an introduction, then allow me to share with you transcendental meditation instructions.
What is Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental meditation is “a technique for detaching oneself from anxiety and promoting harmony and self-realization by meditation, repetition of a mantra, and other yogic practices, promulgated by an international organization founded by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.”
Research verifies that transcendental meditation brings forth benefits such as, among others, better cardiovascular health and increased creativity.
It is said that when we have a thought, we are conditioned to have either one of two reactions, or a combination of the two:
1) The thought triggers some kind of emotion. For example, you think of your upcoming date, and experience anticipation.
2) The thought triggers an action or planned action. For instance, you think that you’re hungry, and thus you get something to eat or make a plan to get something to eat. ‘Action’ can also mean internal physiological responses, such as elevated blood pressure, sweating, increased heart rate and so on.
Transcendental meditation conditions your mind to have a new response to thought.
HOW to Do It
Transcendental meditation is relatively simple to do:
1) Sit comfortably with your feet on the floor and your spine straight. Close your eyes and relax your entire body. Take a deep breath in, and breathe out.
2) Repeat a mantra in Sanskrit in your mind without moving your lips or making a sound (mantras are more powerful when they are thought rather than chanted) for around 20 minutes, two times a day.
And that’s it. The crucial thing to remember is not to force anything. Allow thoughts to come and go, and if you realize that you’ve stopped repeating the mantra in your head – just gently come back to it.
This takes time and repetition, but after a while you’ll find that you’ve reconditioned your previous programmed response.
If done correctly, when a thought that spikes blood pressure comes along, your reconditioned, non-reactive response would follow, therefore averting the emotion or action that would normally take place.
In the case of creativity, thoughts such as “Would people like this?” would not interrupt the creative process when you’re trying to write, paint or play music.
It is said that it is important to receive the mantra from a fully-trained transcendental meditation teacher, because they have been given a selection of mantras which have been passed down through a long line of teachers over thousands of years. However, this method of learning can be a bit expensive – so below is an alternative you should consider.
FREE Level 1 audios
Regular and advanced meditation in general leads to dozens of health and brain power benefits, including heightened imagination and intuitive insight.
Now there is a brilliant audio meditation program – called Zen12 – that “meditates for you”. You get the benefits of an hour’s advanced meditation just by listening to an audio for 12 minutes. Check it out here (follow the links to get the free Level 1 audio MP3s).
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